Animal Services – Investigator

US Government, Dept. of Agriculture


AGRICULTURE – A Cornerstone of Washington’s Economy


The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation, and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our responsibilities – from ensuring food safety to environmental protection – touch the lives of millions of people locally, nationally, and abroad.

The agency includes 780 employees approximately and grows close to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and view additional openings, please visit our Employment Page

The Compliance Program supports the Animal Services Division’s programs by monitoring and auditing noncompliance with regulations, conducting comprehensive investigations of reported violations and performing field enforcement to ensure compliance with state animal health and livestock regulations. The program also educates stakeholders to reduce enforcement actions.

As an Investigator for the Animal Services Compliance Program you will serve on a regional basis and will work independently on all aspects of formal and informal compliance cases. In this position you will be given primary responsibility for the Western region of the state. As a Limited Authority Washington Peace Officer you will respond to alleged violations, gather evidence, interact with possibly aggressive individuals, conduct surveillance, participate in searches, interview both witnesses and suspects and more. Case activities for this position include investigation, preparation, development, and completion of civil and criminal actions, issuing notices of infractions, placing hold and quarantine orders and other compliance actions. 

Position and Salary Information

WSDA is recruiting for a full-time permanent Investigator position within the Animal Services Division. This position is located in Olympia, Washington. This is a non-represented position.

The base pay offered will take into account internal equity and may vary depending on the preferred candidate’s job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The typical starting salary range for this position is: $53,964 Step A- $70,800 Step L annually. 

Employees who voluntarily provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 booster vaccination, which must include any recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the time proof is provided to the employer, between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023, will receive a one-time lump sum payment of $1,000 to be paid no earlier than July 25, 2023.

Employee Benefits

  • A healthy work/life balance, which may include flexible work schedules, and teleworking.
  • WSDA provides an excellent benefits package beyond traditional benefits. State employment offers Dependent Care Assistance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Deferred Compensation, Employee Recognition Leave; click here for more information.
  • 12 paid Holidays & Vacation and Leave Accruals.
  • All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required will be provided by the agency.
  • Commute Trip Reduction Program. 


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